The floor-to-ceiling front window at Topps Salon Day Spa lets in natural sunlight that bounces off the pale-yellow walls and light wooden floors. Upon entering the airy salon, guests see shelves full of pink, purple, and green Pureology bottles—with a few products by American Crew and Framesi sprinkled in—as well as a counter with complimentary coffee. A row of six styling chair lies to the left, where staff draw on their certifications and training in Brazilian Blowout, Vidal Sassoon, and Framesi to revamp hair.
In the day spa, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and rejuvenate skin with facials for both men and women, while massage therapists relieve aches with Swedish and shiatsu massages. Nail technicians contribute manicures and pedicures topped off with OPI polish, or create nail art recreating each scene from the Bayeux Tapestry.
When 17 Jewels Salon + Spa owner Julie Stevens noticed the inscription “17 jewels” on her late grandfather’s watch, she knew she’d found the perfect name for her salon. The term refers to the jewels—typically synthetic rubies—used to craft mechanical watches that help reduce friction in the internal mechanism, resulting in precise and dependable timekeeping, even in a black hole. Not only was it a catchy name, it also stood for reliability, an ideal she hoped to bring to her salon.
Today, Julie and her team live up to that ideal with a full line of salon and spa services that beauty clients time and again using products from Kevin.Murphy, ilike Organic Skin Care, and other professional brands. All services are performed in a salon festooned with murals of bright-red flowers, a nod to Julie’s other lifelong passion: art.
Genray Hair Salons' stylists continue to refine their hair-manipulating skills with ongoing training from Paul Mitchell, Bumble and bumble, and Organic Systems. After staff put their continually sharpened skills to use sculpting hair into flattering bobs, shags, or monuments to ancient Egyptian gods, they may also apply a specialty conditioning treatment that strengthens strands. Alternatively, skilled hands can apply keratin treatments in which protein bonds form a health-boosting protective shield extending from the hair’s cuticle to its tip. Even after leaving the salon, clients can extend their locks’ good looks with high-end Kérastase products available for purchase.
Owner Jacquie “Blu” Washington brings a contemporary flair to old-Hollywood glamour, not only in her creative hair designs but also in the modern, sumptuous interior of GlamSity, the salon that she cofounded with her mother Gloria. In the salon, which was featured in Essence magazine in 2011, Blu and her staff create looks ranging from runway chic to timeless classic with services such as haircuts, color, relaxers, and weaves. As a backdrop to their styling services, wooden furniture and curved, wood-framed mirrors stand out against the salon’s baby-blue walls.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that will sculpt wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. All basic cuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products and a three-minute scalp treatment that increases blood flow, promotes hair health, and rids the cranium of laser-tag-related stresses. With the basic cut, strands are snipped and scissored away; the full-service designer cut and style includes a blow-dry and your choice of a curling iron or round brush finish to sculpt the hair into an irresistibly manicured mane. Whether you choose to place your fibrous future in the deft hands of a creative Fantastic Sams shaper or have been saving a special style to match your favorite state senator, each lock will be snipped and primped to match your desired look. Each of the Fantastic Sams confidence-renewal centers are staffed with follicle fanatics who will listen to your needs and whisk worries away with precision and kindness.